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September 10, 2011 6:50 AM
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"Faust" Beats Out "Shame" for the Venice Film Festival's Top Award

"Faust," a new take on the German legend from Russian director Aleksander Sokurov ("The Sun") walked away with the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, beating high-profile contenders such as "Shame," and "Carnage."

The former, a sexually explicit drama that just got picked up by Fox Searchlight, didn't go away empty handed: lead Michael Fassbender was awarded Best Actor for his turn as a sex addict.

In other awards, the Silver Lion for Best Director went to Cai Shangjun for the Chinese entry "People Mountain People Sea;" Deanie Yip won Best Actress for her performance in "A Simple Life;" Yorgos Lanthimos' follow-up to "Dogtooth," "Alps" nabbed Best Screenplay; and Andrea Arnold's stab at "Wuthering Heights" was awarded the prize for Best Cinematography.

Al Pacino, who brought "Salome" to the festival, received the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.


The Complete List of Winners:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film:
"Faust," directed by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)

SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Cai Shangjun, "People Mountain People Sea" (China)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
"Terraferma," directed by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor:
Michael Fassbender, "Shame" (UK)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress:
Deanie Yip, "A Simple Life" (China)

OSELLA for Best Screenplay to:
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, "Alps" (Greece)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress:
Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô, "Himizu" (Japan)

OSELLA for Best Cinematography to:
Robbie Ryan, "Wuthering Heights" (UK)

Luigi De Laurentiis”Venice Award for a Debut Film:
"Là-bas," directed by Guido Lombardi (Italy)

ORIZZONTI

Orizzonti Award (full-length films):
"Kotoko," directed by by Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)

Special Orizzonti Jury Prize (full-length films):
"Whores’ Glory," directed by Michael Glawogger (Austria, Germania)

Orizzonti Award:
"Accidentes Gloriosos," directed by by Mauro Andrizzi and Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, Denmark, Germany)

Orizzonti Award (short films):
"In attesa dell'avvento," directed by Felice D'Agostino and Arturo Lavorato (Italia)

Special Mentions:
"The Orator," directed by Tusi Tamasese (New Zealand, Samoa)
"All The Lines Flow Out," directed by Charles LIM Yi Yong (Singapore)

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO

Controcampo Award (for narrative feature-length films)
"Scialla!," directed by Francesco Bruni

Controcampo Award (for short films)
"A Chjàna," directed by Jonas Carpignano

Controcampo Doc Award (for documentaries)
"Pugni chiusi," directed by Fiorella Infascelli

Special Mentions:
to the documentary "Black Block," directed by Carlo Augusto Bachschmidt
to Francesco Di Giacomo for the cinematography of "Pugni chiusi"

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Marco Bellocchio

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award 2011
Al Pacino

Persol 3D Award for the Most Creative Stereoscopic Film of the Year
Zapruder Filmmakers Group (David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi, and Monaldo Moretti)

L'Oréal Paris Award for Cinema
Nicole Grimaudo


Check out all of Shane Danielsen's dispatches from the festival:

Venice 2011 Offered Too Much Chaos and Rape, Not Enough Drama and Passion

Venice Film Festival Fulfills Expectations, but the Films? Not So Much.

1 Comment

  • Cinema Nostalgia | September 10, 2011 7:44 AMReply

    Looking forward to watching Mr. Sokurov film.